Spring is upon us which means the sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and unfortunately, people with allergies are probably suffering. You don’t have to avoid all plants and flowers if you suffer from allergies, but you do have to learn which plants will trigger a reaction and which are safe to be around. Here’s a list of the best and worst plants for allergy sufferers.
Typically, a plant’s pollen is what triggers an allergic reaction. But mums do not have stamens which means they are completely pollen-free and will not bother those who suffer from plant allergies.
Ragweed, which is often found in rural areas, is one of the most allergenic plants in the world. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about three-fourths of Americans who have plant allergies will experience symptoms of an allergic reaction when exposed to ragweed.
Luckily, people with plant allergies don’t have to fear receiving a bouquet of beautiful roses from a loved one. Roses do have a lot of pollen; however, the particles are too large to become airborne, so these flowers will not trigger an allergic reaction.
Sunflowers are bright and beautiful flowers, but they can wreak havoc if you have plant allergies. If you are sensitive to ragweed, there’s a very strong chance that you will also experience an allergic reaction when exposed to sunflowers. Even if the airborne pollen doesn’t trigger a reaction, your allergies may flare up if you make contact with sunflower seeds that are covered in pollen residue.
There are many different kinds of lilies, and some of them are better for allergy sufferers than others. If you have plant allergies, look for a pollen-free lily flower. Most florists will have pollen-free lilies in stock. If you want to order a bouquet with lilies, make sure to specify you want them pollen-free. Another option is to remove the pollen from the bulb of the plant while wearing a pair of gloves so it doesn’t make contact with your skin.
The ficus, also known as the weeping fig, is one of the most common household plants in the U.S. However, it’s not the best choice if you have allergies. The sap, which contains the allergens, can attach to dust particles in your home and become airborne. Ficus plants also contain proteins that are similar to those found in latex. This means if you have a latex allergy, you may experience an allergic reaction when you come into contact with a ficus. This is true even if you don’t have plant allergies.
If you suffer from plant allergies, succulents such as cacti are the perfect plant. Cacti have very low pollen counts so you don’t have to worry about allergen symptoms if you have these in your home.
Your home and garden can still be full with beautiful, vibrant plants and flowers even if you suffer from allergies. Keep this list handy the next time you shop for new additions to your home or order a bouquet for someone with allergies.
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